Kindergarten bulletin boards can be used for a lot more than showing off rows of children’s artwork.
They’re valuable teaching tools, interactive learning spaces, a means of teaching your students about communication and spaces that provide your students with opportunities to make choices.
As well as making the room more inviting, classroom bulletin boards can teach about favorite authors, focus on special days such as 100th Day, reinforce math and language concepts, display word walls and introduce new science concepts.
Check out the types below.
Topic Bulletin Boards
Topic bulletin boards are great for teaching. Post pictures, words, and sample artwork that the children have created from your present topic of investigation.
The bulletin board can be a science center or a wall display. Keep topic bulletin boards low enough for the children to see, as their main purpose is to reinforce content for children not display work for adults.
Creating a topic based bulletin board
E.g. Animals in Winter (see image above)
- Use bulletin board colored paper for fast bulletin board assembly
- Use a strip of white paper to create the winter day
- Use a strip of brown paper for under the ground
- Use brown to create a tree trunk and a log
- Cut flaps in the tree trunk and log before you staple them to the kindergarten bulletin board
- Use a circle of blue for a pond
- Cut darker or lighter brownish shapes for burrows and mud under the pond
- Cut flaps and staple to the board
Create the bulletin board with the students around as it teaches them how it is done and the ones that are interested like to help.
As the students learn how animals survive in the winter months, they draw and attach their animals and animal name labels onto the appropriate places on the bulletin board. Everyone usually wants to put at least one animal under a flap, so make them big!
Make kindergarten bulletin boards interactive
After reading a story such as Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, photocopy the farmyard from the book pages and post on the bulletin board. The image shows it in color but black and white photocopies are fine. Photocopy in 2 sections and print on the enlarged settings onto ledger paper, 11 x 17″, which goes through most photocopiers.
- Photocopy Rosie the Hen and the fox, then glue each one onto a piece of card
and cut around them.
- Cover the front and back with packing tape to make them last.
- Attach a string to each with packing tape.
- Tape the string to the bulletin board or to a large push-pin.
- The children retell the story as they walk Rosie and the fox around the farm.
- Optional: Print out the words on a card, cover with packing tape, front and back. Children can attach the words and move them around with reusable adhesive putty.